Originally Posted by mciaglia
Tim Olsen the "Godfather of the RV10" build was a huge inspiration to me. At OSH last year he said to hit it hard so you can enjoy the plane with the kids at an age that they want to still hang out with the parents and the weekend getaway.
Welcome to the madness. I 100% agree with the comment above. We started our RV-10 build (all slow built, with mods) in 2011, the same year my wife was preggo with our daughter. Flash forward to today. Our daughter is 6 1/2 and our son is 4. I am about to order my finishing kit and we're trying hard to save up the money needed to finish it out (engine, avionics, interior, exterior).
Life most certainly gets in the way; especially if family is high on your list of priorities (which, in my opinion, it should be). I have no regrets, other than not putting more elbow grease in during the early years of my build. In the end, we'll still have a beautiful, capable RV-10 of my dreams. The only question is whether or not my kids will still want to go flying with us.
Your choices are as follows, in order of "dollar cost" - Highest to Lowest:
1) Buy a newer plane that's already flying (certified or experimental).
2) Buy an RV-10 project and finish it up (invest 10 hours a week = 1 to 2 years, depending on completeness).
3) Buy an RV-10 kit with all the Quick Build Options (invest 10-20 hours a week = 2 to 3 years).
4) Buy an RV-10 kit, Slow Build (invest 10-20 hours a week = 3 to 5 years).
** As a Data Point, I have gone all slow build and added mods that increased my required time to complete. I have been at it for 7 years, averaging about 6 hours a week. I estimate, if I keep the same pace, which I may have to do for financial reasons, it will take me another 4 years to be flying. I am doing what I can to increase my rate of progress and savings, but you get the idea.. Building your own plane is rewarding, but it also takes a lot of time. If you can't stomach my story happening to you, then either make concrete plans
with you wife to work hard, work often and spend money like a soldier on leave, or save your time, save your pennies and buy the fruit of someone else's labor. My $0.02..